An art gallery that highlights women of color is now being showcased at Sacramento’s Sol Collective. Nisha Sethi, the creator of the gallery, hoped to inspire other people with her work to share their voices and participate in protests.
The Verge is an art gallery that is free to the public. They offer classes on arts and crafts, as well as summer camps.
On November 3rd, Sacramento celebrates the Day of the Dead in its Old Town. The event was hosted by Soul Collective. The purpose of this event is for Latinos to celebrate their own culture in Sacramento as well as for others to find value in it.
Sol Collective now has an open art gallery open to the public until September for anyone to view. Many of the pieces are for sale and have a mix of artists from California and Mexico.
With the world focused on refugees and immigration, Flo Razowsky combines photos and installation pieces for “Up Against the Wall,” a free exhibit recreating border structures. Those include a 500-mile long wall along the West Bank of Palestine and structures along the U.S./Mexico border.
Film that connects women and their cause and a show that features art in Black and White elements in arriving on LiveWire. Soroptimist International of Metropolitan Sacramento brings the Lunafest Film Festival to town and will be sharing about this festival. While the Cordova Council will be talking about The Black and White Art Show opening soon.
Lunafest is a Short Film Festival that embraces women and their causes on film. On April 8th Soroptimist International of Metropolitan Sacramento hosts this empowering festival in Sacramento.
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The Black and White Art Show opens April 9th. This exciting Art Show features Rancho Corvoda Artist, creating different black and white works of art. Artists use a variety of different medians, such as ink pen, oil, embroidery, photography and more.
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Every Wednesday evening at the Sol Collective, the Art and Activism School meets for presentations and hands-on workshops to strengthen and expand the Sacramento art and activist communities. With no cost, no experience required and free pizza, the Art and Activist School is the perfect place for aspiring activists and artists looking to get involved in hands-on activist projects and to join the community.
Wednesday evenings, 6 – 9pm
2574 21st Street
This past Sunday, I attended “A Day of Remembrance” hosted by the local Crocker Art Museum. This spectacular interactive exhibit highlighted the history of the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 internment of Japanese Americans. Exactly 75 years ago this past Sunday, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed this Executive order that started incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese who were considered a threat to national defense from the west coast of the United States. They were forced to leave and abandoned their families, homes, businesses, and communities.
The Japanese were forced to leave to internment camps around the West in places like Utah and spread throughout California. The Crocker Center event included the sharing of stories by those who were imprisoned in the camps as children, remarks by community leaders, gallery tours, performances, and a film screening. This day of remembrance allowed attendees to capture the harsh conditions in the camps, living and work conditions.
The Croker Art Museum had a day of workshops and art exhibits planned that allowed every attendee to learn and gain appreciation for the culture of the history of this time. When I entered the building the first workshop I noticed was a group of people taking turns saying the names of all the people who were forced into these camps. As you continued to make your way around the museum there were stations for children to learn how to make traditional origami and have story time. The exhibit that took the majority of people’s breath away who attended was the “Two Views” photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank. When looking at the exhibit people were captivated by the true realness you can see coming from the photos. The photos showed the struggle of World War ll, forced relocation, and the quality of the work that was captured in each photo.
“After I observed this exhibit I found myself overwhelmed with emotion,” said Ann Peterson, an exhibit attendee.
The high-point of attending the exhibit was the personal narratives from Sacramento incarcerees. Harry Noguchi, 82, of Sacramento, who was interned at Tule Lake at the age of seven, shared his story of his family being forced to move where he was forced to live in an internment camp. Another incarcerated Mas Hatano, 88, of Loomis, who was interned at Tule Lake stated that “It happened, but it shouldn’t have happened”.
While memories of this day open a flood of emotions it’s still important that it is recognized. This Day of Remembrance helped educate and share the true stories of the Japanese decedents of people right in our community. The Crocker Art Museum did a phenomenal job putting this day together bringing the people of Sacramento together to remember the history and to pay respect of the individuals who shared their stories.
Titled “This Is What It Feels Like”, the installation features a black, curtained-off room whose only features are a mirror, a dim light, and a pair of headphones. The viewer puts on the headphones and hears recordings of cat calls that, as the sign outside reads, are “taken verbatim from brave women who chose to share their experiences”.
“My immediate emotional impact was that of searing sadness and anger”, says viewer Cullen Elly. “I’m still thinking about it”.
As the sign also reads, it is “intended for a male audience”, and as suggested by the title, the piece aims to bring the experience of cat calling to those who haven’t experienced it. “I think men should go through [the installation], to see what it’s like”, said Art Street viewer Ryan Montoya. “Even if you aren’t someone who [cat calls], it’s good to know what’s going on in the world.”
“This Is What It Feels Like” is centered in the open area of the warehouse, adjacent to the West End Club section of the exhibition. The installation will remain open to the public until Art Street closes on Saturday, February 25th.